ACC Football Daily Links — Recounting the End of the Miami Hurricanes’ Dynasty

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Monday through Friday each week, we compile the best links on ACC football from around the web.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wide Right and So Wrong (Grantland)

There’s a moment that arises after the kick slips a couple of feet wide to the right, after the Ibis Formerly Known as Howard the Duck charges onto the field, after the camera captures the now-iconic image of a flummoxed Bobby Bowden, hands on hips, head swiveling from side to side like a man who has just watched the last crosstown bus of the evening pass him by…

Was Bowl Win Exception or New Rule for Clemson Defense? (The Greenville News)

Through most of last season, offenses shined through Clemson’s defense like it was a sheer drape. The Tigers closed the regular season ranked 75th in the nation in total defense, allowing 411.0 yards per game. Five weeks later, that sheer drape suddenly was replaced by the Steel Curtain…

2013 North Carolina Football’s 10 Things to Know: Success, Failure, Bandits and Life Without Gio (SB Nation)

1. Butch Davis Succeeded (Sort Of): In 2007, Butch Davis was hired to restore pride for a program that didn’t have much. Always a basketball-first school, UNC had still experienced solid recent success, first with four straight top-20 appearances under Dick Crum in the early-1980s, then with a 21-3 run and two top-10 finishes under Mack Brown in the mid-1990s…

2013 Pittsburgh Football’s 10 Things to Know: Holding Steady in an Awesome City (SB Nation)

1. The City of Pittsburgh is Awesome: I’ve been attached to the city of Pittsburgh since I randomly (and foolishly) adopted the Pirates in the late-1980s because I loved the Bonds-Van Slyke-Bonilla outfield. I discovered the wonder that is Primanti Bros. sandwiches (and, as part of Pittsburgh initiation, got lost in the ridiculous downtown system of highways) in 1999…

2013 Virginia Football Previews: The Offense (Streaking the Lawn)

Last year, the Hoos started the opener with experience all over the offense. Seven of the 11 starters had started at least once in 2011, and only LG Cody Wallace hadn’t seen extensive action before 2012. QB Michael Rocco was coming off a record setting sophomore season. And Bill Lazor was in his 3rd season as the Hoos offensive coordinator. It certainly seemed like all the pieces were there for a big year from the offense…

Brandon Connette is Ready to Play, Anywhere, Everywhere (Charlotte Observer)

Brandon Connette grew up playing backyard football in California with five younger brothers. Last season for Duke, he reprised that backyard-esque, ultra-utility role, lining up in the backfield, under center and split wide on offense, as the punt protector on special teams and even a few snaps at safety on defense. Coach David Cutcliffe dubbed him the phantom – he wasn’t on the depth chart, but he could show up anywhere on the field…

FSU’s Line Goes From Joke to Juggernaut (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

The conventional wisdom a year ago was that Florida State had everything it would take to win a championship except for a decent offensive line. The refrain was repeated again and again among fans and media: If the line doesn’t screw it up, the Seminoles should be pretty good. The mantra was repeated so often, in fact, that line coach Rick Trickett adopted it as the unit’s rallying cry…

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